Pumpkin Spice Porter
Belching Beaver Brewery

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American Porter
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3.46 | pDev: 6.07%
Belching Beaver Brewery
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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3.37/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

November 6th, 2013 - It's a bit too dark for a photo, but I remember it well - a dark, bubbly brew with a cinnamon colored head. This is Belching Beaver's submission to the annual celebration of fall, where we mulch and liquefy pumpkin and put it into everything. Beer is one of the more successful reincarnations of pumpkins guts, and Belching Beaver makes a successful contribution to the fool. The scent is spicy, almost like the atmosphere of a suburban arts and craft store (thinking Hobby Lobby), with a nose-crushing puff of nutmeg and clove. The aroma is much spicier than it is sweet, which I like. The palate is noticeably soft, yielding to a harsh spicy sting, and ending with a nice, slow aftertaste of pumpkin dusted toasted malt. But the pumpkin is strongest in the aftertaste than anywhere else, and even there it's a decoration. The pumpkin flavor isn't pronounced, but not subtle, so well balanced and well poised to express a proper vegetal note without dragging the whole beer down into the dirt.

October 5th, 2013 - October brings pumpkin beers. EVERYWHERE. I half expect to see it sloshing down the gutters at the volume it appears, and that's not a criticism. I'm a fan of the style, weaned on fine examples, and tolerant of less fine examples. And whenever someone pushes out a new brew in this category, my wallet opens, as if on command. Belching Beaver's version, a Pumpkin Spice Porter (did they add "Spice" later on?) smells, aptly, like pumpkin pie, with all the attending dusts and powders one shakes into the baking mix. But the flavor is more attuned to a single ingredient in pumpkin pie - the canned pumpkin itself, before being showered in a blizzard of sweet and pungent spices. There's a low, slow molasses sweetness to compensate though, which I enjoy, and which is also different from other versions of pumpkin beers. Often these are bifurcated into pumpkin pie and raw pumpkin types. But raw pumpkin drizzled with molasses? That's new. And awfully nice.

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Pumpkin Spice Porter from Belching Beaver Brewery
Beer rating: 3.46 out of 5 with 3 ratings